Greater Massachusetts Special-Needs Events Newsletter AUGUST 2022
Have an inclusive Labor Day weekend in Massachusetts parks with Accessible Pools/Spray Decks and Beach and Floating Wheelchairs. Then plan Fall with Young Athletes Special Olympics or the "Imagine Better" BIPOC program. August & September Events Include:
• Accessible Camping in State Parks
• Blue Man Group "Sensory-Friendly" Performance
• Grant for New England Therapeutic Programs
• Depression & Down Syndrome
• "Explore Possibility" Transition Summit
• Self-Directed Adult Disability Services
• Problem Solving Transition Webinars
Enjoy Inclusive Summer Opportunities while you can! Sharon Marie
ADA Grant for Massachusetts Cities & Towns
ADA Grant for Massachusetts Cities & Towns: Applications close on September 15th. The Massachusetts Office on Disability Municipal ADA Improvement Grant offers funding for your city or town's accessibility projects and planning.
Any Massachusetts city or town is eligible to...Read more
Depression and Down Syndrome workshop for Families in Massachusetts (3)
Depression & Down Syndrome: Webinar, August 24th, with the Arc of Massachusetts. Dr. Michelle Palumbo and Dr. Robyn Thom from the Lurie Center at Mass Gen Hospital will discuss: What are the symptoms? What should families be looking for? How do you differentiate it from Alzheimer’s and dementia? Treatments that...Read more
Learn About Universal Access Outdoor Camping in Massachusetts State Parks
Learn About Universal Access Outdoor Camping in Mass State Parks: Webinar, August 25th, with the DCR Universal Access Program. The Department of Conservation and Recreation's Universal Access Program provides outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts state parks for visitors of all abilities and ages. Find out about accessible and adaptive ...Read more
Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education BIAAE  Arts Education Programs Graduate Progarms and Courses Professional Developement  Choose your format: In person or on line. Viist
Build Your ASD Parenting Binder for Home, School & Community
Build Your ASD Parenting Binder for Home, School & Community: Virtual Groups, September - October, with the Aspire Program at Mass General Hospital. Learn how to customize a parenting guide for your child’s unique ASD profile and needs. The book Take Charge of Treatment for Your Child with Asperger’s will serve as the guiding...Read more
"Imagine Better" for BIPOC Family Leaders & Self-Advocates
"Imagine Better" for BIPOC Family Leaders & Self-Advocates: Webinar, August 31st, with Mass Families. Imagine Better Fall 2023 Session is designed to address access, equity, and belonging within the Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities with loved ones with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD), and other disability and health challenges. Family vision and planning, ...Read more
Grant for Special Needs Families in Massachusetts
Grant for New England Area Therapeutic Programs. Applications accepted through September 30th, with the Genesis Foundation of MA. A limited number of grants available to fund clinical, educational, and therapy programs for children and young adults with genetic disorders, rare diseases, intellectual and physical disabilities...Read more
Massachusetts Accessible Pools & Spray Decks
Massachusetts Accessible Pools & Spray Decks & Wading Pools in State Parks. Find accessible swimming pools, wading pools, and spray decks with the Massachusetts' Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) Universal Access Program.
* All DCR swimming pools have outdoor chair lifts to provide access to the water.
* Several pools also have ramps into the water or offer zero-depth entry.
* Select pools and spray decks also have beach wheelchairs for use.
* All of DCR pools have self-latching security...Read more
Accessible Beaches/Beach Wheelchairs in Massachusetts
Accessible Beach Wheelchairs in Massachusetts: Sand beach wheelchairs and floating beach wheelchairs are provided in Massachusetts state parks with the DCR Universal Access Program. Sand and sun bathing beach wheelchairs can’t enter the water. Bring your own transfer help. Because these chairs have ...Read more

Cape Cod - Accessible Beaches List
Cape Cod - Accessible Beaches List . Different beaches offer a different accommodations, such as handicapped accessible restrooms, Mobi-Chairs, wheelchair accessl deck to the beach and more. Always call ahead to confirm availability. Cape towns that offer accommodations include: Craigsville, Eastham, Falmouth, Hyannis, Orleans Provincetown, West ...Read more

More inclusive Recreation!

Eveningstar Access" Boston Children's Museum
Eveningstar Access" Boston Children's Museum: August 18th. "Masks Optional" event. Program offers children with special and medical needs the opportunity to enjoy the Boston Children's Museum in an uncrowded environment, with few other visitors and less concern about infections and large crowds. Masks Optional Events: Masks are...Read more
Blue Man Group Sensory Friendly Performance Boston
Blue Man Group "Sensory-Friendly" Performance: Boston, August 20th. Modifications will include reduced sound and light levels at various moments in the show. The Blue Men will limit their audience interaction, and their approach to the audience is more subdued. Earplugs will be available upon request, quiet zones will be available in the lobby. Strobe..Read more
Special-Needs Hockey Open House: South Dennis
Special-Needs Hockey Open House: August 19th, South Dennis, Cape Cod. An all-inclusive ice hockey team, The Great Blizzards of Cape Cod will provide an opportunity for people with disabilities, regardless of physical or cognitive needs, age, gender, race, ethnicity, experience, ..Read more
August 18th Info Session! Career  & Living Skills in an Inclusive College Environment for Students with Varying Disabilities for Ages 18+.  Available Opporuntity for Vocational Training!  Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA.
Stars of the Spectrum Autism Concert at Fenway Park with the Doug Flutie Foundation
Stars of the Spectrum Concert at Fenway Park. August 24th. Free for people with Autism and their families. The Doug Flutie Foundation is hosting the Stars of the Spectrum 25th Anniversary Concert. This concert is by autistic artists for the autism community. Autism self-advocate performers/ guests include: Kodi Lee, Shawn Stockman (Of Boyz II )...Read more
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Moana Jr. in Groton
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Moana Jr. In Groton, MA, August 25th, 12 noon. Free. Groton Hill Music Center is offering a sensory-friendly performance of Moana Jr, a 60-minute musical adaptation of the Disney animated film. * The show features all the beloved songs from the ....Read more
Adaptive Kayaking for Kids in Massachusetts
Adaptive Kayaking for Kids & Adults: Through August 24th, Ayer, Boston, Cambridge, Lincoln, Milton, Stoneham, and Waltham. Free Youth program is for those with disasbilites up to age 21. For Adult Program please check fees. Waypoint Adventure makes kayaking programs accessible with state-of-the-art equipment, accessible locations...Read more
Special Olympics and Team Sports
Special Olympics & Team Sports
Belmont: Special Olympics Young Athletes
Braintree: Special Olympics Young Athletes
Brookline: Special Olympics Inclusive Flag Football
Leominster: Special Olympics MASS Program & Young Athletes
Roxbury: Unified Soccer Special Olympics
Southborough: Special Olympics Young Athletes...Read more
Sensory-Friendly Movies & Events
Sensory Friendly Movies & Events:
“Haunted Mansion” - 8/19
Hingham: Sensory Friendly Sunset Picnic - 8/24
Hingham: Sensory Friendly Barnyard - 9/2
Marlborough: Sensory Friendly Hour/APEX Center -9/2
Topsfield: Topsfield Fair Sensory Day - 10/2
...Read more

Transition & Adult Events

Support Group for BIPOC Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Support Group for BIPOC Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: Online, August 21st, with the AANE of Watertown, MA. An Open Support Group for people of color (18+) with an Asperger/Autism profile. These spaces are peer-led and provide an opportunity for participants to explore how their multiple identities show up and address their specific needs, by sharing experiences, support...Read more
Webinar for Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities in Massachusetts
Adult Siblings “Sharing Space” Event: Virtual Event, August 23rd, with the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network. Free. For siblings of people with disabilities, navigating state services and points of access can be challenging at any stage. This monthly participant-directed event for adult siblings of people with disabilities to share resources with...Read more
Disability Transition-to-Adult Planning: Parental Role & Challenges
Disability Transition-to-Adult Planning: Parental Role & Challenges Webinar, August 24, with PPal of Massachusetts. PPAL's workshops are meant for family members raising children with mental health needs, as well as family partners. What do I need to be ready for my child's transition to adulthood? What is my role as caregiver...Read more
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Explore Possibility Summit: Framingham
Explore Possibility Summit: Framingham, MA, September 7th. Hosted by the Massacusetts Rehabilitation Commision. This Summit was built for and by the disability community. The day will be full of workshops, keynote speakers....Read more
The NextGen Careers Program at the Massachusetts Rehab Commission
The NextGen Careers Program at the Massachusetts Rehab Commission: Chester/Springfield, September 9th. A NextGen Family Coordinator at the FCSN will discuss the MRC’s new initiative for young people ages 18 - 20 transitioning from high school to post-secondary career opportunities in Boston, Worcester, Braintree, Lawrence, Lowell, Springfield, and Roxbury....Read more
Problem-Solving Transition-to-Adult Workshops
Problem-Solving Transition-to-Adult Webinars: with the Arc of Massachusetts, through September 2023. Virtual Navigation Help with ARC staff. * Having issues navigating services? * Want tips on Turning 22?* Where do you start?
So far dates for 2023 include: August 16, September 20th, October 18th, November 15th...Read more

    Young Leaders Rising Program for Teens & Young Adults with Disabilities
    Young Leaders Rising for Teens & Young Adults with Disabilities: With Partners for Youth with Disabilities and the Mass Rehab Commission. Free. For Massachusetts students with any disability ages 14 - 22. Topics: Independent Living : August 21st – September 1st ..Read more
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    DDS Self-Directed Adult Disability Services in Massachusetts
    Self-Directed Adult Disability Services: Webinar, September 12th, with the Mass Department of Developmental Services. Hear how participants and their families can design individualized services to meet their needs though the Participant Directed Program or Agency with ...Read more
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